Free course

The meaning of crime

Free statement of participation on completion

Tough on the causes of crime'. A famous phrase, but what is crime? This free course, The meaning of crime, examines how we, as a 'society', define crime. You will look at the fear that is generated within communities and what evidence is available to support claims that are made about crime rates.

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • give a definition of crime (in terms of society)
  • state the steps and factors that lead from a crime to conviction
  • illustrate how society views crime ‘with fear and fascination’
  • give examples of the relationship between crime rates and the evidence to support these claims.